Fun Travel Nurse Tips

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There are many reasons to choose travel nursing.  For those of us who have a bit of gypsy, wanderlust travel nursing is a great career path.   Maybe it is obvious, but still worth saying as a travel nurse you will go sightseeing, you will meet new people and have an adventure that you will never forget.  Imagine a job where

  • When and where you work is your choice
  • You accept the assignments doing what you love
  • Choosing the shift that fits your lifestyle is an option
  • You gain financial success, flexibility, and freedom

Travel will open your eyes to new possibilities.  Every day is a new adventure and there will be one city that will capture your heart. You could even find the city you decide to call home one day.

13 Week Assignments

The average travel nursing assignment lasts from four to 13 weeks. As a travel nurse, you may choose between housing provided by the host or pay for housing using a stipend.  Once you learn the ropes think how much fun you can have choosing a home that will be home while away from home.  You can choose a place with amenities like a pool, clubhouse, and exercise gym.  Maybe you want to be close to shopping and the nightlife that suits your lifestyle.

Another fun tip is you can make more money for fewer hours – while meeting new people and seeing the country.  The rate of pay for travel is generally higher and since you get a stipend for housing.  The rate of pay and choice of hours allows you to live life exploring all that is important to you.

Your Next Vacation Awaits

Instead of waiting for that next vacation to get away, why not try being on vacation every day.  Why not work where you want to be instead of working to get there? A travel nursing job can take you where you want to go today! Travel Nursing jobs are everywhere and the choice is yours.

Maybe you are interested in the warm, sunny beaches of Florida, the changing of the seasons in Virginia, or the skiing in Colorado, there is a travel nursing job out there for you.  I find that asking locals and coworkers for information on the best places to go and things to do is one of the best resources. Not only do locals know the best places, but it’s also a great way to break the ice.

Travel Information

In the day of electronic communication, it is easy to have information at your fingertips.  Using your laptop, tablet or smartphone try some of these sites:

  • Yelp – a smartphone app that can be a lifesaver as you look for parks, places to eat, shopping and just about anything else you can think of.
  • RoadTrippers – this is a useful website/app for finding attractions along the route to your next assignment. Choose a start and end point and how far from the highway you’re willing to detour and you’ll be given a map view of attractions along the way.
  • Field Trip – this app is great to discover attractions with little effort. Tell it what sort of attractions you’re interested in, and it will display an alert on your phone when you’re near an attraction that matches your interests.
  • Wikitude – you might need to be a bit comfortable with technology for this app. Wikitude is an augmented reality app. Point your smartphone in any direction and it will display attractions in relation to where your camera is pointing. It would be fun and useful in an attraction-dense area like Times Square.
  • Lonely Planet –Love travel? Plan and book your perfect trip with expert advice, travel tips, destination information and inspiration from Lonely Planet.  Information not only in America but also in many worldwide locations.
  • AAA Auto Club- If you are a member of AAA (great to have when on road trips)  you can book with one of their knowledgeable AAA Travel professionals or at AAA.com, the Travel Resource Center will provide you with all the information you need to make your travels go smoothly.

Remember as a travel Nurse you are in charge.  You have so many fun choices.  As they say  “the world is your oyster”.  Take advantage and choose where you want to work, play and live life.

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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